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Music Releases 10-22-21

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Pennywise

Pennywise [Blue With Black Splatter LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 UNAVAILABLE
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Hiss Golden Messenger

O Come All Ye Faithful [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone Green Red Tri-Color Segment 2LP]

Vinyl: $30.98 Buy

Conceptualized and written during the chaotic fall months of 2020, Hiss Golden Messenger's O Come All Ye Faithful-recorded shortly after the widely hailed Quietly Blowing It-is a meditation on grace, loss, hope, and community. Explains songwriter M.C. Taylor, "Big, brash holiday music-the type that we hear in big-box stores in the middle of December-has never resonated with me, and this past year it felt absolutely dissonant. I wanted to make a seasonal record that felt more in step with the way that I, and so many others, experience this time of year: quiet, contemplative, searching, and bittersweet."
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Guided By Voices

It's Not Them. It Couldn't Be Them. It Is Them! [LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 Buy

It's been just a few months since Guided By Voice's faux rock opera Earth Man Blues garnered four-star and five-star reviews, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that it "squarely hits all the marks that make Guided by Voices great-again and again and again.""Again and again and again", is perhaps GBV's credo, with Robert Pollard's never-ending supply of fascinating and supremely catchy rock. Just when one thinks one's got them pinned down, album number thirty-four opens with bizarre percussion, mariachi trumpets, strings and acoustic guitar. The adventurous spirit pervades yet another killer album from the greatest and most versatile GBV line-up. The golden boys (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) can do no wrong. Hooky singles "My (Limited) Engagement", "High In The Rain" and "Dance of Gurus" intermingle with occasionally dark lyrics and the oddest of GBV oddballs, the ridiculous "Razor Bug", "Psycho House", and the "Maintenance Man Of The Haunted House". The horns and strings return intermittently, with "The Bells Get Out Of The Way" going full Burt Bacharach. It's Not Them. It Couldn't Be Them. It Is Them! Is a creative tour-de-force full of surprises from the most prolific and captivating band on the planet.
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Davy Knowles

What Happens Next

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On his aptly-titled Mascot Records’ debut, What Happens Next, roots singer-songwriter and guitarist Davy Knowles boldly steps forward with timeless and cohesive songwriting; sleek modern production; and a lyrical, play-for-the-song guitar approach informed from soul, folk, rock, and blues. The 12-song album is just as influenced by The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito, Gary Clark Jr., as it is Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside. It is a cohesive body of work rather than a collection of disparate songs. On What Happens Next, Knowles’s poetic songwriting, and his soulfully emotive singing steal the show. The 12-song body of work offers forth a peaks-and-valleys album experience winding through brawny riffs, jazzy blues balladry, and vintage soul before concluding with one of Knowles’s most personal songs released to date. Throughout it all, his guitar playing is brilliantly understated, his rhythm work is deft and dynamic—beefy on the rockers, and subtly supportive on the slower tunes—and his leads are economical but feature juicy blues bends and thick as molasses lead guitar tones. "What Happens Next" is released on CD and digitally on October 22, 2021 and on vinyl on December 3, 2021 via Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records.
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Shannon Lay

Geist

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Used CD: $3.99 Buy Used

Geist feels like a window - or a mirror - into possibilities of the self and beyond. Shannon Lay's new album is tender intensity, placeless and ethereal. It exists in the chasms of the present - a world populated by shadow selves, spiritual awakenings, déjà vu, and past lives."Something sleeps inside us," Lay insists on the opening track, and that's the guiding philosophy throughout. A winding, golden, delicate thread of intuition that explores the unknown, the possibility. It's title, Geist, the German word for spirit, is rife with an otherworldly presence, the suggestion of another. The promise that you are never alone.Lay tracked vocals and guitar at Jarvis Tavinere of Woods's studio, then sent the songs out to multi-instrumentalists Ben Boye (Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in Los Angeles and Devin Hoff (Sharon Van Etten, Cibo Matto) in New York; trusting their musical instincts and intuition. She then sent those recordings to Sofia Arreguin (Wand) and Aaron Otheim (Heatwarmer, Mega Bog) for additional keys, while Ty Segall contributed a guitar solo on "Shores." As a whole, Geist is both esoteric and accessible. Songs range from a concise, pared-back cover of Syd Barrett's tilt-a-whirl-esque "Late Night," to the meditative Dune-inspired "Rare to Wake," to the mostly a-cappella "Awaken and Allow," which channels Lay's deep Irish roots, a moment of reflection, before a drop happens - it's intensity mirroring the anticipation and anxiety that come with taking the first step to accepting change for yourself.And the title track "Geist," a song about the power living in all of us, is a love song to the possibility of healing, an ode to falling into the arms of what you're becoming. It's a glimpse into the parts of yourself you have yet to meet. But you can, if you want to.
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Black Marble

Fast Idol [Golden Nugget LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 Buy

On Fast Idol, LA-based Black Marble reaches back through time to connect with the forgotten bedroom kids of the analogue era, the halcyon days of icy hooks and warbly synths. Harmonies are piped in across the expanse of space, and lyrics capture conversations that seem to come from another room, repeat an accusation overheard, or speak as if in sleep of interpersonal struggles distilled down to one subconscious phrase. At the same time, percussive elements feel forward and cut through the mix with toms counting off the measures like a lost tribe broadcasting through the bass and tops of a basement club soundsystem. 

Melodies roll with the fizz and charm of Jacno and phrases repeated are electric torchlight ballads sung after hours in William Gibson’s San Francisco. ‘Somewhere’ opens in sombre herald, before dropping into a fast freeway tempo; the glassy synths and crisp beats cut through the anxious moods on ‘Bodies’ and ‘Try’ sits in a lineage with cult bands like Asylum Party. ‘The Garden’ is a journey through a post-apocalyptic cityscape, earthed by the pulse of a drum machine whereas ‘Ship To Shore’ could be a lost Oppenheimer Analysis B-side, and the album’s closer ‘Brighter and Bigger’ catches a sentiment like The Dadacomputer has learned to feel emotions. He captures the loneliness of Ray Bradbury’s atomic-era sci-fi and the apocalyptic but revolutionary spirit of Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil, as in ‘Preoccupation’, the beating heart of the album, which conjures ambivalent scenes of an empty world and the comfort to be found in a shared humanity.

Emerging from the early 2000s New York synth scene, Black Marble carried on the tradition of early synthwave pioneers like Martin Dupont and Modern Art who repurposed synths once reserved for expensive studios and stadium rock superstars. Seeking to channel this spirit, Black Marble recalls the gauzy tape wow and flutter of The Membranes and the warbling VCO of Futurisk, carrying on a sound that seeks to channel the future while imprinting residue of the past.

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Seether

Wasteland - The Purgatory EP [Vinyl]

Vinyl: $14.98 Buy

SEETHER’s new 5-track EP features 3 never-before-heard tracks and an alternate take of “Wasteland” (along with the original album version.) Written and produced by Shaun Morgan, and mixed by Matt Hyde, Wasteland – The Purgatory EP, follows the fall 2020 release of their 9th album, Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum. That album debuted with impressive chart success and has already spawned two #1 rock radio hits: the anthemic, “Dangerous,” and hard-hitting “Bruised and Bloodied.”

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Hand Habits

Fun House

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Hand Habits, the project of Los Angeles-based musician Meg Duffy (they/them), is back with their new album Fun House - the most ambitious Hand Habits album to date. Produced by Sasami Ashworth (SASAMI) and engineered by Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), the record was not intended as a reaction to the pandemic, but it was very much the result of taking a difficult, if much-needed, moment of pause. Emboldened by going into therapy and coaxed by Ashworth to push the songs into unexpected new shapes, the resulting music is more acutely personal and stylistically adventurous than anything you’ve heard from Hand Habits before. The push/pull of styles, paired with songs that move deftly between the present and past, give the record a wildly diverse, hall of mirrors quality that befits its name. Where previous Hand Habits records could be fairly insular affairs, Fun House feels ebullient, lush, a fully-realized conversation.

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Hawthorne Heights

The Rain Just Follows Me

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2021 release. "I couldn't sleep at all while making this record," admits Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff of his band's eighth full-length, The Rain Just Follows Me. "It was an 18-year breakdown in the making." The 11-track record stands as some of Woodruff's most resonant writing to date, as he unravels themes of both physical and emotional distance as well as personal identity - anxieties so exacerbated by the last year that it's incredible the album was completed before the pandemic hit. ("There's so many undertones of what would happen over the next 16 months," he says with a laugh. "I don't know if that makes us the emo Nostradamus or what.") Most of all, The Rain Just Follows Me is quintessentially Hawthorne Heights. It's who they've always been - they just needed to push down the heartache and strife long enough to rediscover those intangible characteristics.
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Seventeen

SEVENTEEN 9th Mini Album ‘Attacca’ [Op.1]

CD: $29.98 Buy

Brand new K-pop release from SEVENTEEN. Follow up to Your Choice (June). Three different versions: Op.1, Op.2 and Op.3. All versions contain the following: Photobook (random 1 of 3 per version), Folding Card (random 1 of 13 per version), Postcard (random 1 of 13 per version), Lyric case, 2 Photocards (random 2 of 26 per version), Layered Card (random 1 of 13 per version) and Poster (random 1 of 4). Also includes retail exclusive Unit Postcard (random 1 of 3). Box dimensions 252x250x11 (mm).

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Moor Mother

Black Encyclopedia Of The Air [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Seaglass Wave LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

Get yo ass in the house, robot- you cyber-spectre, you outhouse prime minister, you hard-headed mirror ninja, snapping selfies, living in the pixelated seams between bursts the of flashing images, birthed in a pool of TV static and Tik Tok dust. BLACK ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AIR is here, not to save but to drown you. Heads better learn how to swim cause listen, this record is beat soup, hearty yet still minimal, a sonic mirage of prophetic soul that drop kicks your "chill beats to study to" Youtube playlist and hyper-intellectual rap podcasts into a hadron collider; it's only black matter on the other side- 13 mesmerizing tracks about memory and imprinting and the future, all of them wafting through untouched space like the ghostly cinders of a world on fire, unbound and uncharted, vast and stretching across the universe. Moor Mother is a holographic figment of an Afrotopian dream, all at once goddess and warrior, mystic and cyborg, griot and future time traveller, etching noisy pieces of reverie into our consciousness for decades now. But check it: on BLACK ENCYCLOPEDIA she's joined by a wide-range of friends, collaborators and co-conspirators on a trip through the murky cosmos, navigating the black universe with stardust as currency. In these times, they'll say, as they click and mash their way through the same inter-webs that seek to strangle them, BLACK ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AIR is just what we need: a post-everything, 12:01 on the doomsday clock, anti-trip hop type of situation. "We ain't gotta fight no more," they'll say; the rest of us, we'll put this record on and imagine again that it's real.
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Adrian + Meredith

Bad For Business [LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

Adrian + Meredith take their fearless, blistering, and Balkan-tinged Americana to new heights on their sophomore record, Bad for Business. Recorded in the living room of their collective midcentury East Nashville houses with bandmates and friends Paul Niehaus (Justin Townes Earle, Calexico), saxophonist Ken Francis Wenzel (Bobby Parker), and banjo player Fats Kaplan (Jack White), Bad For Business is a raucous, rebellious and home-spun variety show.

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Dream Theater

A View From The Top Of The World [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tan 2LP+CD]

Vinyl: $50.98 Buy

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Nubya Garcia

SOURCE ⧺ WE MOVE [2LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 Buy

London-based saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia, whose critically-acclaimed album, SOURCE, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize, returns with a new remix album to be released on October 22, 2021. Through musical collaboration, Nubya has teamed up with an exciting and innovative array of artists including Dengue Dengue Dengue, Kaidi Tatham, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Moses Boyd, for a reimagined look at her award-winning album. The remix album, SOURCE  WE MOVE features 9 original remixes.

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Carole King & James Taylor

Live at The Troubadour [2LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 UNAVAILABLE
In November of 1970, James Taylor and Carole King first performed together at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Thirty-six years later, they returned for a three-night, six-show run to celebrate the venue's 50th anniversary. This remarkable recording features 15 songs and 75 minutes of stunning performances of their collective biggest hits including “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Fire and Rain,” “I Feel The Earth Move” and more. This album is available for the first time on vinyl and comes as a 180g 2-LP set.
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The Convenience

Accelerator [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]

Vinyl: $20.98 Buy

“It really was super natural”, laughs Duncan Troast, explaining how he and Nick Corson came to form The Convenience, and though he means it was as organic as breathing, the music these two conjure is from an alternate reality. Pulling from a pastiche of 80’s sounds and their own rolodex of future pop flourishes, their new album Accelerator sounds like a late-night disco party on a distant outpost, a sea of dancing bodies illuminated by an alien moon.

The two met at New Orleans’ Loyola University, where they eventually joined the rising pop group Video Age, and before long, were spending the downtime between tours exploring what their own music could sound like. Their early efforts showed promise, but when held next to the iridescent glow of their new material, it’s clear there was a fundamental shift.

“There was a disconnect from the music that we were making, and the breadth of the music that we loved”, explains Corson,“I was relearning how to write songs.” The two went back to the music that made them truly feel alive, pouring over records by Stevie Wonder, Prince, NSYNC, “trying to figure out why it felt so good”.

The result of those efforts is a singular album packed with visceral, immediate pleasure; body music for a plastic pop future. “I had a hard time learning how to do things the right way, and just wanted to make a mess”, says Corson, thinking back on his earliest experiments with songwriting and production. You can hear that spirit in the brief snippets of noise that dot the record, but the immaculate pop songs here make it clear - whatever they’re doing is working. At its core, Accelerator is a celebration of friendship, and the transportive power of music. It’s an ode to the joy of dancing, of loving just to have loved, and becoming who you are.

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Lala Lala

I Want The Door To Open [Limited Edition Clear LP]

Vinyl: $19.98 Buy

Limited clear colored vinyl LP pressing. 2021 release. Coming off of 2018's acclaimed The Lamb, an introspective indie rock album recorded live with a three-piece band, West knew she was ready to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she'd done before; a record that would be less a straightforward documentation of her own personal struggles and more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles. The result is I Want The Door To Open, a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation. From the moment West declares "I want to look right into the camera" over a cascade of dreamy vocal loops on opening track "Lava," I Want The Door To Open distinguishes itself from anything she's done before in scope and intensity. The ultra-magnified iteration of Lala Lala is fully encapsulated in the monumental "DIVER." Inspired by a character from a Jennifer Egan novel, it's a pop song of Kate Bush-esque proportions replete with layered synths and booming, wide open drumming by fellow Chicago musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and West pushing her vocals to the ragged edge. I Want The Door To Open is a musical quest undertaken with the knowledge that the titular door may never open; but it is through falling in love with the quest itself that one may find the closest thing to total freedom, total possibility, and total acceptance available to us on this plane of existence.
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Dinner

Dream Work [Opaque White LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

After a four-year hiatus exploring ambient and meditation music, Danish multi-instrumentalist Anders Rhedin has returned to his indie roots. Dream Work, his third album as Dinner, is a lush collection of synth and guitar-laden indie pop that expertly channels Ryuichi Sakamoto, early British indie, and the sound of water.

Like most worthwhile pursuits, the path to Dream Work hasn’t been straight. After signing to Captured Tracks in 2014, he released a series of synth-based avant-pop albums and toured the world with the likes of Mac Demarco, Sean Nicholas Savage, Prince Rama, and King Gizzard, all while splitting his time between Berlin, LA and his native Copenhagen. This whirlwind period ended when, following the release of 2017’s New Work, Rhedin relocated to Copenhagen and took a step back from the Dinner project in order to explore his long standing personal interest in ambient production and guided meditation. Over the last few years, he’s released a series of ambient releases under his own name geared towards meditation, sleep, and relaxation. He’s also led live guided sound baths and meditations at art museums, churches, and rooftops all over the world.

The time away proved fruitful - returning to the Dinner project with fresh eyes, Rhedin sought not to reproduce his previous style, but rather to integrate these two components of his body of work. As a result, Dream Work sounds at once classic and entirely new; a deft balance of Rhedin’s trademark electro-pop with the meditative and organic elements of his ambient work. From the melancholy acoustic guitar and downtempo synth melody of “Spirit Voices” to the ethereal refrain on “Connection”, Rhedin washes his pop songwriting in dark, dreamy textures. These textures lend cohesion to the far-reaching collection - Dinner effortlessly floats from Stereolab-like electric guitar (“Anima”) to twinkling synth-pop (“Midnight In My Head”) to fluid ambient (“Drøm”) in the span of just 34 minutes. Contributions from label mates Molly Burch and Charlie Hilton as well as Lina Tullgren, Nicolai Koch help bolster this quality: much like Rhedin himself, Dream Work feels well-traveled even when it’s standing in place.

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Olivia Newton-John

Physical [Deluxe Edition 2 CD/DVD]

CD: $22.98 UNAVAILABLE
Let's get Physical! Olivia Newton-John releases a Deluxe Edition 2 CD/DVD of her hit record Physical in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original release in October 1981. The iconic pop star's DVD includes 2 video collections - the Physical video album (first of its kind) showcasing music videos for each of the album's timeless tracks including "Physical" and "Landslide," and a full live concert which features exclusive heart-pumping footage of the star performing her hits.
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Remi Wolf

Juno

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Remi Wolf will cement her status as one of pop music’s brightest young stars when her debut album Juno lands on October 15th. With her eclectic sound and style and magnetic personality, Remi has developed an avid fan base that has made her a trailblazer of the emerging Gen Z pop scene. She has garnered a cult following of peers and fellow artists along the way, boasting collaborations with Dominic Fike, Beck, and Nile Rodgers and Instagram cosigns from John Mayer, Khalid and Camila Cabello. With all of her accomplishments before her debut album, Juno will solidify what already seems written in stone; Remi Wolf is a star.

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Pat Metheny

Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) [LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

Pat explains, “I wanted to create an ongoing platform to host a rotating cast of the newer generations of musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way. From my earliest days in Kansas City onward, I was the beneficiary of so many older musicians hiring me, which gave me a chance to develop through the prism of their experiences and the particular demands of what their music implied.” Metheny has given this band concept the name Side-Eye and hopes that it might become a rotating group of musicians who could come and go in different combinations. So far, there have been four iterations, hence the V.1-IV sub-heading on the record. Whether searingly electric, powerfully intense or deeply contemplative, highly composed or totally improvised, or even with some new-fangled contraption of his own design, there is always that unmistakable Metheny sensibility at work that has stood at the forefront of jazz for what is now approaching five decades. The Side-Eye series is the latest chapter in his continually unfolding story.

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series) [LP]

Vinyl: $35.98 UNAVAILABLE

A swinging Christmas and a jazzy new year-that's what this joyous 1960 Ella LP will bring you. She sings (and swings) Jingle Bells; Sleigh Ride; Winter Wonderland , and more! Verve's Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

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Felix Cartal

Expensive Sounds For Nice People [Pink 2LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 Buy

Vancouver-based producer Felix Cartal releases his new album, Expensive Sounds For Nice People, via Physical Presents. Includes the hit singles "Mine" with Sophie Simmons, "Love Me" featuring LIGHTS, and his latest, "Happy Hour" with Kiiara.

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Young Gun Silver Fox

Canyons [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Red LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 Buy

Canyons are places of mystery and beauty. The interesting thing is, while they are one of the great wonders in the history of planet earth and attract scientists of all kinds of disciplines, they have also been a popular retreat for artists and musicians. You will have heard of Topanga Canyon, Rickie Lee Jones and Chicago recorded here. Laurel Canyon is even more well known, a mythical place where Crosby, Stills & Nash developed their unique vocal sound while hanging around Mama Cass' place. Or was it in Joni Mitchell's house on Lookout Mountain? Ok, you get the picture. There is something unexplainable, almost magical going on in canyons.

Maybe that's why Andy Platts and Shawn Lee were thinking of "Canyons" when they wrote and recorded their third album as Young Gun Silver Fox. With "West End Coast" and "AM Waves" these two very talented musicians, singers, songwriters, arrangers and producers already explored all things Westcoast, AOR, Soft rock and Boogie. But-especially if you are  into the golden age of this sound running from circa 1976 to 1984-you will be aware that there is no return once you started digging these unconditional musical delights with their timeless compositions, untouchable musicianship and refined arrangements. The great albums from that era appeared when punk broke and the musical establishment was shaken to the ground. Today they sound more up to date than ever. Who would have thought back then?

On "Canyons" Young Gun Silver Fox turned it up to eleven. They are nothing but "Kids" cruising in the fast lane, totally over the top searching for the "Dream Woman", touching down in Tokyo caught in a "Long Distance Love Affair", imagining the theme for a lost 70s TV series starring "Danny Jamaica", being on the winning side in a "Private Paradise", getting deep and soulful in "Things We Left Unsaid" and wondering how to spread "All This Love". Their bass lines, sound layers, brass arrangements and harmony vocals are immaculate. Everything fits perfectly. Just like this. "Who Needs Words" when everything is crystal clear? Exactly!


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